We still have a few more days before the 2022 Monterey Car Week officially wraps up, and surprises are still aplenty. This time we take a quick look at what the auction scene has to offer. Our quick peek certainly did not disappoint as Gooding & Company showcases a 1961 Jaguar E-Type roadster in Opalescent Dark Green.

Lot 13 is chassis number 875045 with engine number R1071-9. Upon verifying with the carmaker’s records, these are matching and thereby distinguishing it as a remarkable example. It is part of the group’s 2022 Pebble Beach Auctions and is estimated to reach bids of up to $600,000 or more.

Gooding & Company points out three characteristics that make this 1961 Jaguar E-Type a highly collectible unit. The British carmaker made several tweaks after a specific production run to upgrade some features of the sports car. Before these changes, the vehicle had external hood latches, welded louvers, and flat floors.

As stated by the group behind its sale, “surviving examples with all three characteristic early features are among the most collectible and valuable E-Types.” The 1961 Jaguar E-Type here is one of them and a left-hand-drive unit. Aside from the paint job, other original detailing includes a French Grey soft top and Biscuit interior upholstery.

It was first sold by British Motor Car Distributors Ltd.’s San Francisco dealership to Allen Stribley. In 1977, the 1961 Jaguar E-Type became the property of Ron Laurie, who then commissioned Perfect Reflections to do some restoration work on the roadster. To this day, it remains in exceptional cosmetic and running condition. Buyers also get a BMCD radio, a bespoke suitcase, and an optional hardtop.

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